Message 4: A Church Life in the One New Man
  • 2014-05-12,
  • 上傳者: 洪國恩,
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Scripture Reading: Eph. 2:15-16; 4:22-24; Col. 3:10-11; Philem. 10-19
I. The ultimate goal of God in His economy is to gain the new man constituted with the all-inclusive, extensive, preeminent Christ wrought into a corporate people—Col. 1:27; 2:2, 9, 16-17; 3:4, 10-11.
II. The new man equals the Body of Christ—Col. 3:10, 15; Eph. 2:15-16:
A. The new man and the Body are synonyms and may be used interchangeably.
B. Christ and we together form a universal man; as the One in heaven, Christ is the Head, and as those on earth, we are the Body—Col. 1:18a.
III. Although the new man was already created in Christ, we still need to put on the new man—Col. 3:10; Eph. 2:14; 4:24:
A. Since the new man is the Body of Christ, to put on the new man means to live a life by the Body, not individually but corporately.
B. Before our salvation, we were living in the old man, in the old society, but now we are members of Christ, living in His Body; thus, we should put off the old man with the old social life and put on the new man, the church—Col. 3:10, 15; Eph. 4:4, 22-24.
IV. The new man is Christ constituted into us—3:10-11; Eph. 3:17a; 4:24:
A. As the One who indwells us and who is our life, Christ is the constituent of the new man—Col. 1:27; 3:4.
B. The Christ we enjoy as our God-allotted portion becomes the constituent of  the new man—1:12; 3:10-11.
C. Because Christ is all in all in the new man, in the new man there is room only for Christ; there is no room for the natural man—v. 11.
V. Concerning the new man, we need to be “renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created Him”—v. 10:
A. Because the new man was created with us, who belong to the old creation (Eph. 2:15), he needs to be renewed; this renewing takes place mainly in our mind as the mingled spirit spreads into our mind and saturates it—Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23.
B. The new man is being renewed unto the full knowledge according to the image of the One who created him; this image is Christ, God’s Beloved—the wonderful, glorious, all-inclusive Christ—as the expression of God—3:10; 1:15.
VI. The Epistle to Philemon should be regarded as a continuation of Colossians 4 and considered an illustration of how in the new man all social rank is put aside—Philem 1-2, 10-19:
A. The distinction of social rank and status among the believers has been nullified because the believers have been constituted with the all-inclusive Christ, who is their life—Col. 3:4.
B. In this Epistle Paul gives the churches an illustration of how slaves and masters have been reconstituted with Christ; as a result, they are all part of the new man and have an equal status in the new man—vv. 10-11.
C. In the practice of the economy of God, it is crucial that all social ranks and differences among races and nations are swallowed up—Col. 3:10-11: 
1. In the new man distinctions on the basis of color have been nullified; Paul strongly taught this, and we must consider it part of the full knowledge of the truth—1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Tim. 2:25; Titus 1:1.
2. If we see that the believers have an equal status in the new man, there will be no problems among us concerning social rank, nationality, or race—1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:28; Col. 3:10-11.
VII. The subject of the book of Philemon is an illustration of the believers’ equal status in the new man:
A. The case of Onesimus and Philemon illustrates that in the new man all the believers have an equal status.
B. This Epistle serves the special purpose of showing us the equality in eternal life and divine love of all the members of the Body of Christ—vv. 1, 9.
C. The equal status of the believers is a matter of love, which comes out of faith; in the new man the believers love one another in faith—v. 5; Titus 3:15.
D. Because of the divine birth and living by the divine life, all the believers in Christ have equal status in the new man; this is based on three facts:
1. Christ’s death has abolished the ordinances of the different ways of life for the creation of the one new man—Eph. 2:15.
2. We have all been baptized into Christ and made one in Him—Gal. 3:27-28.
3. In the new man Christ is all and in all—Col. 3:11.
4. Such a life, with the divine love, is well able to maintain good order in the church in Titus, carry out God’s economy concerning the church in 1 Timothy, and stand against the decline of the church in 2 Timothy.
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